Your Ultimate Guide to Lung Cancer Fundraising

Paige Kutilek
|6 min read


Lung cancer is a devastating disease, sometimes even affecting those who have never smoked a day in their life. And to make matters worse, lung cancer continues to be one of the most expensive cancers to treat—with expected lifetime costs of treatment between $59,000 and $200,000. Whether you want to help a loved one or friend with cancer, or raise money for lung cancer research, organizing a lung cancer fundraiser is a beautiful way to show financial and emotional support for those struggling, and raise awareness about the disease. Discover top lung cancer fundraising tips, including how to set your fundraiser up for success, and see what kind of impact you can make in the fight against lung cancer.

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Five shocking lung cancer facts you need to know

  • Lung cancer is a surprisingly common disease—about 13% of all new cancer diagnoses are due to lung cancer.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is responsible for more deaths in the US than colon, prostate, and breast cancer combined.
  • The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer patients is only 18%, according to data collected by the Cancer Statistics Center
  • Disturbingly, approximately one in five people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.
  • According to the BBC, women get cancer far more often than men. Studies have shown that women are nearly twice as likely to receive a diagnosis, whether they have smoked or not.

How to help lung cancer patients using crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a powerful tool to raise money for causes that matter, used by millions of people all over the world. If you’re considering fundraising for cancer, the following three ideas will give you the inspiration you need to get started. 

Raise money for lung cancer research

A free fundraiser is a great way to raise a substantial amount of money for lung cancer research—often into the tens of thousands of dollars. And involving your community in your fundraiser, like through a fun charity event or even a social media contest, means that you’ll raise more awareness for the research organization as well as encourage more donations both from people you know and strangers alike.   

Fundraising with a lung cancer charity walk

A charity race will benefit the recipient of your fundraiser, as well as everyone who participates. Decide on the type of race: whether that’s a walk, a hike, or a run, and plan a route that makes the most sense for your location. Consider planning to shoot video of your event, that you can then share afterwards on your fundraiser’s Facebook page.  

Lung cancer donation drive

Help raise money for a family in need by dedicating your fundraiser to someone you know who is battling lung cancer. Share details of the person’s unique struggle in your fundraiser story, to make a strong emotional connection with your audience and collect even more donations. Also include a breakdown of specific medical expenses, as knowing exactly where funds are needed will encourage people to donate more.  

Four steps to organizing a lung cancer fundraiser

Follow the steps below, and you’re well on your way to creating a successful fundraiser and meeting your donation goals. 

1. Find your inspiration

First, find a person or organization who inspires you, and designate them as the beneficiary of your cancer fundraiser. Maybe you have a co-worker who is bravely battling lung cancer, a cousin who has just been diagnosed, or a favorite cancer center that helped a loved one in their time of need. Choosing one person or organization to rally around will inspire excitement in your supporters, and help them understand exactly where their donations will go.

2. Gather a team

Fundraising is fun with friends. Increase your network of supporters, and decrease your workload by inviting team members and assigning tasks. Decide on the type of fundraiser together, and then delegate tasks based on the interests and specialities of your team members. For example, one person may love promoting your fundraiser on social media, while another may prefer to ask for donations in person and share the fundraiser offline. Regularly check-in to make sure all team members are on the same page. Discover more tips about how to build a fundraising team.

3. Share knowledge

Because so many families are affected by lung cancer, make certain that part of your fundraising effort educates people about how to reduce cancer risks. Consider including tips on how to help someone who is sick, as this is often a source of worry for friends and family. Organize coverage from your local media to further raise awareness, or simply share a link that provides more information about preventative measures.

4. Collect donations

Determine how you will collect donations before you launch your online fundraiser, and decide what forms of payment you will receive. Hosting a fundraising event is another great way to inspire more donations, and get your local community involved in your cause. 

Lung cancer fundraisers that work

Every day, people turn to GoFundMe to start their own medical fundraiser for the people and causes that matter most. And with a 0% platform fee, more of the money you raise goes directly toward lung cancer treatment and research. See how others are raising money in the hope for a cure, below.

Help Doug fight lung cancer

Doug, a father with three young daughters, was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer—with no prior history of smoking. His wife, Kim, started a fundraiser to help pay for Doug’s treatment, including enrollment in a new drug trial. Through her fundraiser, she was able to raise over $17,000 to help pay for the best treatment available. Doug responded positively to the drug trial.

Fundraising for lung cancer research

After Daniel’s father passed away from lung cancer, he was determined to do his part to help further research into this devastating disease. He started a fundraiser on behalf of Memorial Sloan Kettering, recognized as one of the best cancer centers in the world. Daniel raised over $16,000 to donate toward cancer research—and personally matched donations dollar-for-dollar. 

Ian’s lung cancer treatment 

After a months-long bout of bronchitis followed by pneumonia, Ian was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer—including six tumors that had spread to his brain. After discovering that his cancer was caused by a rare genetic mutation—something that could be treated with targeted gene therapy rather than radiation—Ian and his wife Nina started a fundraiser to help cover the cost of his $15,000-per-month treatment plan. The couple was able to raise over $70,000 through their fundraiser, and he has since responded well to treatment.  

Start lung cancer fundraising today

No matter the impact lung cancer has made on your life, know that there is hope. Together, we can raise money to help the people we love access new and potentially life-saving treatments for the disease, or fundraise to support lung cancer research that could save the lives of millions. Sign up today and start your own fundraiser. Through your efforts, you could change or even save someone’s life. 

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Paige Kutilek

About Paige Kutilek

I'm keen on creating meaningful and thoughtful content that will have an impact. I'm a dedicated individual with a creative touch who is always eager to learn more.

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